REPORT: Deshaun Watson officially requests trade from Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson trade

The marriage between Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans looks more likely that it will come to an end this offseason. According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Watson has formally requested a trade from the Texans.

Watson has voiced his displeasure with the Texans organization and its approach to the general manager and head coaching searches, and while it was assumed Watson wanted out of Houston, Schefter’s report on Thursday confirms it.

It remains highly unlikely that Houston will trade Watson. First, their demands are likely to be astronomically high (multiple first-round picks, like three-plus) and a high-end player or two in return. Even that might be too cheap of an asking price for Watson, who’s one of the three or four truly elite quarterbacks in the league.

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Second, the Texans have to want to trade Watson, which would be football malpractice if they actually do it. The odds they’ll ever be able to replace him are very low. Franchise quarterbacks like Watson rarely — if ever — come around. When you have one, you keep him.

Watson joins Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as the two most desirable quarterbacks available for trade this offseason.

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